Calling all ailurophiles! Do you know all these fun cat facts?

A “flock” of cats is called a clowder. A litter of kittens is called a kindle. 

 

Cats sleep almost 17 hours a day. During their waking hours, they spend 30-50% of that time grooming themselves. 

 

Cats have very few taste buds. In fact, they are thought to be the only mammal that can’t taste sweet! But they do have a SCENT-sensor on the roof of their mouths. It’s called the Vomeronasal. 

 

Cats have scent-producing glands on their front paws, lips, chin, and forehead. They are especially visible in black cats, and are often mistaken as bald patches. Cats rub against your ankles to mark their scent and claim you as their property. 

 

Cats use over 20 muscles to move their ears, which can rotate 180°. 

 

In almost all cases, female cats are right-pawed, and male cats are left-pawed. 

 

The average speed of a domestic cat is 30mph. 

 

Most cats love heights! Behavior issues in some cats are often caused by not being provided with cat trees or shelves to perch on.  Cats are able to leap six times the length of their bodies, and while they don’t ALWAYS land on their feet, they usually do. This is attributed to their flexibility (their clavicles are “floating,” and not attached to any other bones), and the ability to parachute their bodies to some extent. 

 

If a cat gets outdoors, they will most likely climb a tree. But because their claws curve in towards their bodies, they can climb up but can’t climb back down. 

 

The pattern of bumps and ridges on a cat’s nose is unique to each kitty, like a fingerprint.

 

Cats have “sandpaper tongues” because their tongues actually have barbs on them to assist them in eating flesh. The male sex organ is also barbed

 

Cats can make over 100 different sounds! (Compared to dogs, who make approximately 10 different sounds). Although cats in the wild may yowl in anger or pain (or during mating season), cats generally do not communicate to each other with “meows.”  Meowing to communicate is thought to be a learned behavior of cats trying to mimic human speech. Purring is the sound of breathing while the laryngeal muscles are vibrating. Cats purr not only when content, but also to self-soothe when frightened or in pain. 

 

Speaking of purring, studies show that the sound frequency of a cat purr (25-150 Hz) helps lower blood pressure, improve heart health, reduce stress, and even improve tissue and bone health! Just one more amazing reason to adopt a cat!